Cerego is teaming up with the world famous oceanographic explorer, Fabien Cousteau, on his upcoming adventure, Mission 31, to introduce free oceanography courses on Cerego.com to support teachers, parents and students this summer in learning about biodiversity, oceanography, and the delicate connections humans share with the ocean.

We invite you to explore zooplankton, coral reefs, sponges, global diversity, and more —click here to explore our courses page. We will update this page with new courses over the duration of Mission 31. Newly added courses will include pictures, videos, and interactive elements beamed up from Cousteau’s adventures to help you experience life under the waves. Click here to brush up on the basics of marine life before Cousteau splashes down on Sunday, June 1, 2014.

Fabien Cousteau’s Mission 31 will break new ground in ocean exploration. It also coincides with the 50th anniversary of a monumental legacy left by his grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who is credited with creating the first ocean floor habitats for humans and leading a team of ocean explorers on the first attempt to live and work underwater aboard Conshelf Two. Additionally, the dive represents the first time a mission of this length has taken place in the Aquarius lab, the only underwater marine habitat and lab in the world, located 9 miles off the coast of Key Largo, Florida.

Three main course topics that will be highlighted throughout Mission 31 are: climate change and the related challenges of ocean acidification, ocean pollution with an emphasis on the effects of plastics, and overconsumption of resources with specific focus on the decline of biodiversity. All courses are developed in conjunction with expert research technicians from Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center.

Teachers should also take advantage of free Mission 31 Cousteau curriculum materials as a wonderful supplement to Cerego’s courses — download free here.

With only three days till splashdown, we look forward to seeing our friends at Mission 31 underwater on June 1st. Keep up with us throughout the mission!